Quadropus Rampage Gets Major Update

Quadropus Rampage Gets Major Update

Oct 22, 2014

Quadropus Rampage, the game about the raging cephalopod we all know and love, is getting a pretty hefty update.

The new update brings new upgrade tracks, new game modes, “punchier” combat, better special effects, two masteries and much more.

We had an opportunity to review Quadropus Rampage last year, and came away with the impression that it’s well worth a look. It’s available for free (with optional in-app purchasing) on the Play Store.

TYLT Cases Go On Sale For Limited Time

TYLT Cases Go On Sale For Limited Time

Oct 22, 2014

TYLT is a company we have come to love; its designs generally straddle the thin line between creative and functional very comfortably.

Now, TYLT is offering up ALL of its cases for $10 for a limited time. Generally, these cases retail from $35 through $50.

Unbelievably, the sale also includes power cases, and includes free shipping within the continental USA; it’s the prefect time to get a case for one’s Galaxy S5, Note 3, S4, iOS devices and more.

We’ve had the opportunity to review TYLT products in the past, and mostly liked the usability and design aesthetic.

The sale will continue through October 30th, so get it while you can.

Pixel People Lands On Android

Pixel People Lands On Android

Oct 21, 2014

Chillingo is no stranger to Android game publishing, and has just dropped a new on the Play Store called Pixel People.

From the press release:

Welcome to the world of Utopia where YOU create the city and the residents.

Greet new clones at the arrival center, then find them a place in your new world. Splice the genes of your residents and combine their skills to create new Pixel People to join your thriving city.

You’ll have your hands full as the mayor of Utopia with over 280 Pixel People waiting to be discovered and more than 100 buildings to fill your futuristic city with. Time to get splicing!

The game is available for free (with in-app purchasing) on the Play Store.

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Nokia’s HERE Comes To More Android Devices

Nokia’s HERE Comes To More Android Devices

Oct 21, 2014

We noted the arrival of Nokia’s HERE mapping application on Samsung Galaxy devices a short while ago; now, the program is being made available to even more devices.

Now, HERE Maps is available for all compatible device, Samsung Galaxy or not, via the beta download page.

When one downloads the beta apk and installs it on a compatible device, the app opens and presents one with the option of signing in “the old fashioned way” or using a Facebook account. The former asks for name, date of birth and password, and then welcomes one to the app.

The app is particularly vibrant, and showcases the features that made it a hit on Windows Phone, chief of which is arguably full offline functionality. Another interesting feature is the Glympse integration. With this, folks can share locations with friends without any extra apps needing to be installed. It also boasts traffic and public transportation info for select cities, and the web management component is definitely a plus.

It should be noted it is still in beta; as such, feedback is actively requested.

As noted, the app is available via the beta download page.

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[Source: HERE Blog via TNW]

Bing Rewards App Comes to Android

Bing Rewards App Comes to Android

Oct 20, 2014

Microsoft is bringing Bing rewards management capabilities to Android devices via its Bing Rewards app. The app is only available to US residents at the moment.

Bing Rewards is an incentive program that awards a limited amount of daily points for people that use Bing as their search engine of choice. These points can be redeemed for gift cards from some major retailers and internet shops like Amazon and Starbucks. For folks who are tempted to give Bing a chance over (gasp!) Google Search, this program might help with the decision to dip their toes in Bing’s pool.

The app allows users to earn credits, redeem them for awards, track arrival of rewards. It also allows for users to check their reward level, and how many credits are needed to get to the next level.

As noted, the app is available for US residents only; it can be downloaded from the Play Sore for free.

[Source: Androidcentral]

My App Addiction: Slickdeals

My App Addiction: Slickdeals

Oct 20, 2014

I love technology, but even more than technology, I love a good deal. I don’t mind paying top dollar for something that I really need, but I admit I get a rush when I find something worth getting at full cost slashed to a lower price point.

In other words, Slickdeals and I were meant to be.

The well-known deals website is a veritable source of awesome . Making it to the “front page” is no easy feat, but getting the fiery “hot deal” icon is a true honor that befits one who has just set off a run on products that online stores can’t keep up with… the so-called “Slickdeals Effect.”

Being five minutes late can cost you. That’s why the official app is such a crucial tool in the arsenal of the savvy web connected shopper.

Using Android’s push notification system, the app allows SDers to pick and choose what they want to be notified about. Reminders — the ability to get a reminder about a deal that can’t be acted upon immediately while sitting in that budget meeting — are easily set, and the interface is clean and intuitive. I especially like the way frontpage and hot deals are visually presented; the notification system simply works, and it is possible to share deals by services installed on the app, which can be useful for folks who like to notify friends and family of deals… after they have already procured one of said item for themselves, of course. Forums can be accessed, and deal alerts can be set up.

Unlike the full website, the official app requires an account to be used, which might be somewhat of a bummer, but is somewhat understandable.

For the deal-conscious, the mobility quotient alone is worth it. I gotta go… Amazon is giving away free coins for Android app purchases.

Slickdeals told me so.

The Science of Voice Recognition: Video of the Day

The Science of Voice Recognition: Video of the Day

Oct 18, 2014

I believe in the concept of anchor apps: apps that make the prospect of switching platforms unpalatable. These apps are the apps mobile OS makers count on to help propagate their respective OSes. Get some good anchor apps to get new folks hooked on your ecosystem, and sky’s the limit.

In fact, I theorize that having a few mobile anchor apps like Maps, Gmail and Search is what gave fledgling Android OS a fighting chance while it gained users and the developers needed to create the vibrant app ecosystem needed to keep those users satisfied… and encourage friends and families to do the same.

On Android, I do have a few anchor apps. One that stands out is Google Now. The voice assistant is an excellence tool I rely on heavily (with the help of Tasker and treated plugins). I’d be loathe to do without the cards, information and tie-in with other Google services.

In the video below, we get see a Google-created documentary about the science behind voice technology.

[Source: Google Youtube via Engadget]

Google Opinion Rewards Gets Update that Adds History

Google Opinion Rewards Gets Update that Adds History

Oct 17, 2014

Google Opinion Rewards, the app that pays Android users for the privilege of answering surveys, is getting an update.

The update brings a long-requested feature: the ability to view the history of answered surveys. With the new update, beneath the dollar value of credits earned, one will find a listing of survey transactions, dates taken and amount earned.

This is especially useful for folks who have been using the app in the last year or so since it has been around; credits expire after a year of being earned, so unless one is formally keeping dates, it’s easy to forget and lose credits down the line.

Google Opinion Rewards continues to be an app that rewards users with the occasional credits for taking the random questionnaires. The credits can be used on anything carried on the Play Store, with one important caveat: payments cannot be split, so if a purchase is made using garnered credits, only the credits can be used. if there are not enough credits to purchase the item, one must use another form of payment entirely.

The app is available for free on the Play Store.

Source: Google Play]

Amazon Appstore Offers 14 Apps for Free for Limited Time

Amazon Appstore Offers 14 Apps for Free for Limited Time

Oct 17, 2014

Amazon seems to be looking to eliminate any reasons people might have to not view its Appstore as a veritable end-to-end Android app solution, and its latest promotion seems to underscore this.

For a limited time, Amazon Appstore is offering 14 “family friendly” apps and games for free on October 17th and October 18th only.

The games and applications are as follows:

· Yo Gabba Gabba! Party in My Tummy ($1.99)
· Motivated Moms – 2014($3.99)
· Fionna Fights – Adventure Time ($0.99)
· Fast Food Nutrition , Calories , Carbs plus Calculator ($5.99)
· Owl and Pals Preschool Lessons ($0.99)
· Healthy Habit Tracker ($2.99)
· House Cleaning List ($0.99)
· Reward Charts ($0.99)
· Grocery Shopping List ($0.99)
· Words and Riddles: Crossword Puzzle ($0.99)
· Kids Measurement Science ($1.99)
· Kids Reading Comprehension Level 2 (Kindle Tablet Edition) ($0.99)
· Mathemagica ($0.99)
· Gro Flowers ($0.99)

The app are available on the promotions page.

The Sandbox Receives Big Update

The Sandbox Receives Big Update

Oct 17, 2014

Award-winning world-building game The Sandbox: Craft Play Share is getting a pretty big update that should be of interest to players.

Version 1.995 brings new campaigns, elements, buildings, blueprints, jobs and more.

From the press release:

The Humans are back and ready to leave the city behind. Enjoy the nature with the Country Life update!

Choose between 2 new roles: Farmer or Fisherman and start crafting the best farm ever with the 20 new elements proposed in this update.

Discover also our new concept: the Sandmix Vol.1 & 2 campaigns, featuring 18 exclusive levels of mixed types: gaming, pixel art, music, action, puzzle and more. Use your skills and your brain to solve them all!

The new update is available now; The Sandbox: Craft Play Share is available for free (with in-app purchasing) on the Play Store.

NBA 2K15 Available on Android Exclusively On Amazon Appstore

NBA 2K15 Available on Android Exclusively On Amazon Appstore

Oct 16, 2014

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The popular basketball simulation NBA 2K15 is now out — as an exclusive for Amazon Fire devices, just in time for the upcoming NBA season.

The latest iteration promises improved graphics, new controller support and more. According to the NBA 2K twitter feed, Pharrell Williams is curating the soundtrack, which can only be a good thing.

The game should make it way to the play Store, but for now, Fire device-owning folks can rub it in. We look forward to reviewing it soon.

The game will be available for $7.99.

Drone: Shadow Strike Arrives on Android

Drone: Shadow Strike Arrives on Android

Oct 16, 2014

Commanding drones is the name of the game in Drone: Shadow Strike, and Reliance Games has just released this new game for Android users.

Per the official press release:

Command the battlefield from the skies with Reliance Games’ new covert aerial combat simulation and warfare game, Drone: Shadow Strike, arriving today on Google Play.

Drone: Shadow Strike transforms Android devices into pilot stations for the world’s most advanced unmanned vehicles of military superiority with simple and supremely precise touchscreen controls. Take command of the battlefield from high above the fray with an audacious arsenal of guns, missiles, rockets and bombs, each upgradeable for distinct effects in unique circumstances, as well as autoloaders, airstrikes, nukes and more.

Combining the tense action of a war game with the immersion, strategy and attention to detail of a simulator, Drone: Shadow Strike delivers a fully explored drone operator experience. Your FLIR (Forward looking Infrared) camera gives you an unparalleled view of everything below, which you’ll need to take on over 20 assault, defend and escort special ops assignments across four historically inspired campaigns. Climb the ranks from airman to general, tackling over 270 challenges with 50 achievements, and compete with friends around the world via Facebook and online leaderboards to bring the end to enemy combatants.

The game is available now for free (with in-app purchasing) on the Play Store.

Source: Reliance Games Press Release]